According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India added 10.23 million “active” connections during the month of January 2014, while it added 7 million total connections during the month. This indicates that several users who hadn’t been using their extra SIM card, began using it since the call rates have gone up and the propensity to use an additional SIM for cheaper calls might have increased.

This is the fifth consecutive month where India has added more number of “active” mobile connections than the total number of connections.

Another interesting thing worth noticing is the continued dominance of the top three and the top four telecom operators in the country: Airtel, Idea and Vodafone combined, account for 55.22% of the total mobile connections in India, and 62.2% of the active connections. With RCOM, the top four telcos account for 68.3% of the total mobile connections in India and 76.4% of the active connections.

Trai Jan 2014 Top four

The split between various telecom operators, in terms of active connections

Trai Jan 2014 Active

Active Connection Base

The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats:

– There were 772.62 million active connection in the month of January.
– Idea has 101.79% of its connections active – the maximum among all the operators. TRAI says the percentage of active connections is more than 100% due to in-roamers.
– Airtel has the second highest active connection base of 96.16%, followed by Vodafone at 95.70%.

In terms of the number of active connections, Airtel leads with 193.12 million connections followed by Vodafone at 155.21 million connections.

Trai Jan 2014 Telcos

Trai Jan 2014 Service Provider

Mobile Operator Leaderboard For January 2014:

– Airtel added 2.43 million connections, taking its connection base to 200.83 million.
– Vodafone added 1.78 million connections, taking its connection base to 162.18 million.
– Idea added 1.53 million connections, taking its connection base to 130.21 million.
– Aircel added 1.53 million connections, taking its connection base to 68.44 million.
– BSNL lost 1.57 million connections, taking its connection base to 94.71 million.

Trai Jan 2014 Circles

– In terms of active connections, West Bengal leads with 92.91% active connections, followed by Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Tamil Nadu has just 75.82% active connections, the lowest among all circles.

– UP (East) has the most number of connections, with 75.39 million connections (75,396,144 connections). Tamil Nadu is second with 74.66 million connections (74,660,985 connections) and Maharashtra is third with 71.39 million connections (71,391,771 connections).

– Bharti Airtel holds the maximum percentage market share of wireless connections at 22.48%, followed by Vodafone at 18.16%, Idea at 14.58%, Reliance at 13.17% and BSNL at 10.60%.

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